Physics 109: General Physics I


General Information

Lecture: MWF 9:10-10:10 AM & T 8:30-9:30 in Halsey 107
Laboratory: Thursdays in Halsey 360
Tutors:
Instructor: Dennis Rioux (rioux@uwosh.edu)
Content: A survey of mechanics, sound, and thermodynamics that provides a background for advanced work in these fields. The material is developed using a calculus-based approach, and no prior physics knowledge is assumed or required. Recommended for students in pre-engineering and majors in physics. General Physics I is taught using a traditional lecture-lab structure. The lecture periods include in-class activities designed to reinforce the material being presented by the instructor.

Discussion Questions

Throughout this semester, I will ask you multiple choice questions based on material that has been presented to you in class. These questions are designed to give you immediate feedback on your grasp of the new material that we cover each day. Your answers are not recorded and your performance does not influence your grade. I hope that you will use them as a tool to help you develop your understanding of physics. The questions will remain accessible from this web page all semester long so that you can review them whenever you like. Click on any of the links below to access the questions.


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Jump to today's first question: 131


Physlets

The java applets that we use in class to illustrate physics concepts can be found here.

Kinematics speed & velocity 1
Dynamics projectile motion 1

position matching 2
forces on a hockey puck 2

position matching 3
steering a hockey puck 3

velocity matching 4
force & trajectory in 2D 4

acceleration matching 5
forces on a space probe 5

vector decomposition 6
Waves waves & pulses 1

v and a in 2D 7
traveling waves I 2

projectile motion I 8
traveling waves II 3

projectile motion II 9
superposition of traveling waves 4


Documents

The course syllabus and other documents handed out in class can be accessed from this web page.

Syllabus
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Homework Set 1 PDF
Homework Solutions 1 PDF
Slides: 0905 Class Intro
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Kinematics on a Page
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Kinematics Practice
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Kinematics Solutions
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5 PDF
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Formula Sheet
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Topic List Exam #1
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7 PDF
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Topic List Exam #2
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Topic List Exam #3
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Topic List Exam #4
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Slides: Intro to Thermo
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Slides: Intro to Calorimetry
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12 PDF
Thermodynamics Definitions
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Slides: Thermal Energy Transfers
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Thermodynamics on a Page
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Slides: Second Law of Thermodynamics
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Slides: Entropy
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Topic List Exam #5
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Practice Exam #5
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Practice Exam #5 Solutions
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Suggested Readings

There are books and articles that I think are well worth reading if you have an interest in delving deeper into the subject matter of basic physics. Some of these are listed below, and I will bring them to your attention at the appropriate time in class. If there is a subject that you are interested in learning more about but you don't see a reference to it here, please ask and I will try to hunt something down for you.

Basic Mechanics

Galileo: A Life by James Reston
A biography of Galileo that tends to look favorably upon Galileo in his conflict with the Church over the heliocentric model of the Universe.


Galileo, Science, and the Church by Jerome Langford
A biography of Galileo that tends to look favorably upon the Church in its conflict with Galileo over the heliocentric model of the Universe.


Sir Isaac Newton by E.N. da C. Andrade
A short, barebones biography of Newton that is good for getting some essential facts about his life. The book is in the public domain and I can let you reproduce my copy if you have trouble tracking this book down.


The Evolution of Physics by Leopold Infeld and Albert Einstein
The story of the transition from the geocentric model of the Universe to the heliocentric model and beyond.


Relativity

Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel by Banesh Hoffmann
A very good biography of Einstein, and one whose scientific discussions should be very accessible to you after our chapter on relativity.


Relativity and its Roots by Banesh Hoffmann
A primer on relativity that is accessible to the lay reader.


The ABCs of Relativity by Bertrand Russell
Another good primer on relativity that is accessible to the lay reader.


Newton to Einstein: The Trail of Light by Ralph Baierlein
A textbook dedicated to the story of how our view of the nature of light has evolved. Beginning with the classical physics battle royale between Newton's corpuscular theory and the wave theory of Huygens and Young, the book concludes with the modern theories of the photon and relativity.


Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein
Short works by Einstein on a number of topics.



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Last updated on 10 December 2012